WAYout provides certificated training courses in the arts: skills including digital media, photoshop, writing, shooting, editing and studio engineering and genres such as documentary, drama, current affairs or music clips. Filmmakers explore subjects as diverse as HIV and maternal mortality or comedy and music clips. They tell stories that their peers can relate to as well as those for an international audience. So far (April 2017) over 810 people completed courses.
Our courses are aimed both at those who want qualifications that enable them to get jobs and those who want to be creative, share, educate and express. Success stories include Abubakarr Charm, Ibrahim Kamara, Kabba Kargbo, Sineh Sessay, Nandaywa Thoronka, Aminata Brockerie and Mamud Jalloh who now work full time as filmmakers. King Justice who works as an editor; Josta Hopps who is a freelance director and John Kalokoh and Gibrilla Kamara are engaged as studio engineers. Many more are earning a living and getting their films into festivals and onto television. We are constantly negotiating with NGOs and local businesses to employ WAYout trained filmmakers when they need a promotional video.
Read more about our recent and pioneering mental health training and competition, the women’s room.
We are very dependent on, and grateful to, the volunteers who go out to Sierra Leone and run training workshops. Thank you to Alan Sim, Daniel Hurley, Wendie Ottewill and Brian Mcandrew who have all supported local filmmakers; James Adams who trained the studio engineers; Nicholas Mcinerny (script writing), Gemma McNeil-Walsh (journalism), Hannah Mcinerny (animation and music production), Christina Peake (illustration); Lizzie Hedges (photoshop) and Jenny Irish who ran art classes at Kissi refugee settlement. We also thank Sierra Leoneans who, having trained, pass on their skills to others: John Kalokoh and Gibrilla Kamara (studio logic); Alusine Kamara and Gassimu P Sesay (photoshop), Kabba Kargbo, Sinneh N Sesay, Alimamy Kamara, Ibrahim Kamara, Josta Hopps (filmmaking and editing).
“I would like to thank you for the time that Brian has spent with us. We learnt so much from him and we appreciate everything, we thank him very much. Please try to send another person to come and teach us.” Justice Kamara, Freetown